Dangers of Alcoholism
Alcoholism is a very unique type of disease. There are millions of people affected by it throughout the world
directly, having problems controlling their drinking and keeping their urges at bay. However, statistics do not
often mention the problems that alcoholism can have to those who are close to the alcoholic.
In this article, well go over some of the dangers that alcoholism causes in order to help to more clearly
illustrate what types of problems it can cause.
Prolonged abuse of alcohol does a ton of bad things to the human body.
Those who drink too much are at a much higher risk of developing many different kinds of cancer, as well as
heart disease and strokes.
It can alter hormone levels, cause womens reproductive systems to not function properly, and cause severe
cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol-related crashes are a major cause for concern with respects to alcoholism.
Studies that have been conducted by the United States Government have shown that 12.8 percent of all drivers
that died in a car accident in the year of 2001 were intoxicated.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also contended that as many as forty percent of all
freeway accidents are the result of alcohol abuse. The family members of an alcoholic are among the most
Children of alcoholics may develop psychological dependencies that stay with them for life; many find themselves
to be Adult Children of Alcoholics, referring to the fact that their development may have been hindered by their
There are many different types of support groups that can be useful for someone who is dealing with an alcoholic
to join, and AlAnon and AlaTeen are two commonly used options.
The economic impact of alcoholism is also something that needs to be considered when judging exactly how alcohol
affects the world.
Some estimates place between one and six percent of a countrys gross domestic product going towards alcoholism,
which is a sign that the problem persists everywhere and is present in a large cross-section of the population.
Did You Know
In recent years, the Justice System has begun to hold drunk drivers responsible for
the damages they have caused. This goes beyond holding them legally responsible and now including
monetary restitution to the victims and their families.
Another new weapon that is being used in the war against drunk driving is an
intolerant legal system. It is a waste of time these
days for a drunk driver to get an attorney and try to get a reduced sentence by pleading to a
Although the laws differ from state to state, most states no longer allow even
first time offenders to get way without feeling the consequences of their driving under the
In most states now even a first time offender faces a lengthy suspension of their
license and at least a weekend in jail.
In order to get their license back, most states require the offenders to attend a
DUI school, which includes an assessment with a professional counselor.
Many states have passes what is called the Habitual Violator Law, which provides
felony penalties for three DUI convictions.
These violators lose their licenses permanently if not for many years and lose
their civil liberties such as the right to vote or own a weapon.
In the United States alone, experts have placed the number of alcoholics currently experiencing a problem at
approximately 15 million. Another important thing to remember is that alcoholism is a debilitating the disease.
The longer that you let a problem with drinking go unchecked, the more damaging it will be to your life.
If you are experiencing problems with drinking too much, you may want to consider speaking with a therapist or
going to a form of rehab.
Don’t be ashamed, don’t place blame, don’t ignore the problem, don’t try to solve the
problem alone, don’t try to reason with a drunk person, and don’t get into the car with a
driver who has been drinking.
Many people find that Alcoholics Anonymous groups can be useful when it comes to keeping the problem at bay.
Its not easy to keep a case of alcoholism under control, and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication in
order to successfully rid yourself of the problem.
Its an important thing to remember, as many people lose faith that they can control the problem and are
therefore more prone to giving up their quest for cleaning up their alcohol habits.